Multiple benchmark mortgage rates ticked downward last week. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both ticked downward. The average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, the most popular type of variable rate mortgage, climbed.
Rates for mortgages are in a constant state of flux, but they continue to represent a bargain compared to rates before the Great Recession. If you’re in the market for a mortgage, it may make sense to lock if you see a rate you like. Just be sure to shop around.
30-year fixed mortgages
The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is 3.91 percent, down 4 basis points from a week ago. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage was higher, at 4.19 percent. At the current average rate, you’ll pay $472.24 per month in principal and interest for every $100,000 you borrow. That represents a decline of $2.30 over what it would have been last week.
You can use Bankrate’s mortgage calculator to get a handle on what your monthly payments would be and find out how much you’ll save by adding extra payments. It will also help you calculate how much interest you’ll pay over the life of the loan.
15-year fixed mortgages
The average 15-year fixed-mortgage rate is 3.11 percent, down 2 basis points over the last week.
Monthly payments on a 15-year fixed mortgage at that rate will cost around $696 per $100,000 borrowed.
The bigger payment may be a little harder to find room for in your monthly budget than a 30-year mortgage payment would, but it comes with some big advantages: You’ll come out several thousand dollars ahead over the life of the loan in total interest paid and build equity much faster.
The average rate on a 5/1 ARM is 3.14 percent, ticking up 1 basis point since the same time last week.
These types of loans are best for those who expect to sell or refinance before the first or second adjustment. Rates could be substantially higher when the loan first adjusts, and thereafter.
Monthly payments on a 5/1 ARM at 3.14 percent would cost about $429 for each $100,000 borrowed over the initial five years but could increase by hundreds of dollars afterward, depending on the loan’s terms.